Philip Auslander’s primary research interest is in performance, especially in relation to art, music, media, and technology. He has written on aesthetic and cultural performances as diverse as theatre, acting, performance art, music, stand-up comedy, robotic performance, and courtroom procedures. He is the author of five books and editor or co-editor of two collections. His most recently published books are Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006) and the second edition of Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008). A new book, Reactivations: Essays on Performance and Its Documentation, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press (2018).
In addition to his work on performance, Auslander has contributed art criticism to ArtForum and other publications. He has written catalogue essays for museums and galleries in Austria, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is the editor of The Art Section: An Online Journal of Art and Cultural Commentary. Auslander is also a working screen actor; you can see his credits on the Internet Movie Database. He is married to the visual artist Deanna Sirlin.